The Role of the United Arab Emirates in Yemen

The Role of the United Arab Emirates in Yemen

By: Sara Al-mahbshi

Yemen has been suffering from an international and a civil war since 2015. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of ten countries has waged a war in Yemen against the Houthis in a mission called Operation Decisive Storm. In September 2014, the Houthis took over the capital and overthrew the government that was appointed in 2012 after the 2011 uprising against former president Ali Abdulla Saleh. The legitimate government president Abd Rabu Masur Hadi, who was the former vice president to Saleh’s government, fled Yemen and settled in Riyadh with the government until this moment. The coalition’s main goal was, and still is, to regain the capital and for the legitimate government to go back to Sana’a. The coalition aimed at defeating the Iranian-supported group that emerged in northern Yemen in Sa’adah governorate in 2004, near the Saudi borders. It is important to note that the relations between Iran and Houthis are not religious although both are Shiites, the relations are political as they share similar revolutionary ideas and they are both against Saudi and American policies in the region. Thus, it is inaccurate to code what is happening in Yemen as a clear Shi’a Sunnah conflict. It is a political economic war of resources, trade routes and power in the region

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